Live auction packages can be previewed in the Giving Center or during the event on mobile bidding devices. You can enter package information and get guests excited about the live auction packages, but they do not bid on live auction packages using BidPal. Live auctions are most effective when an auctioneer or emcee is onstage generating buzz and facilitating bidding.
HOW TO ADD/EDIT
Log into myBidPal Planner and navigate to Packages > Manage Packages.
Click Add to create a new package or click on a package in the Package List to edit an existing package.
On the Package Edit page, populate the following fields on the General tab:
|Number||Unique numeric identifier for the package|
|Name||Name or brief title of the package|
|Photo||Photo of the package. Click Choose File or navigate to Packages > Import Photos to bulk upload.|
|Description||Detailed information about the package, including any notes or restrictions
|Donor||Name(s) of the person and/or company who donated the package to the auction. If you are using myBidPal Planner Pro for item management, this field will be auto-populated with donors of any items that are included in the package. However, you can customize this field by selecting Use Custom Donor Text, and entering text.|
|Apply Sales Tax||Check the box if sales tax should be charged for this package. Tax rate is entered on Setup > Preferences > Organization tab.|
|Notes||Enter any additional information you want to track; for internal use only|
|User-Defined 1||Custom field that may be used if you buy a custom report or custom scoreboard|
|User-Defined 2||Custom field that may be used if you buy a custom report or custom scoreboard|
|Auction Mode||Type of auction; select Live|
|Value||Approximate fair-market cost of the package|
|Priceless||Check the box if the package's fair-market value is hard to approximate or if you'd prefer not to display it on mobile bidding devices or tent cards|
|Consignment Pkg.||Check the box if the package is owned by a consignor who must be paid if the package sells|
|Consignment Price||The amount paid to the consignor if the package sells|
Make sure that the following fields are set correctly on the Visibility tab:
|Show in Giving Center||Check the box to make the package visible in the Giving Center|
|Featured in Giving Center||Check the box to include the package in the scrolling "Featured Items" panel on the Giving Center home screen|
|Enable Online Bidding||Not relevant for Live Auction packages|
|Show on Scoreboard||Check the box if you'd like to make the package visible on scoreboards|
|Show in Printed Catalog||Check the box to include the package in the printed auction catalog reports (Reports > View Reports > Items and Packages).|
|Override Auction Times||Leave unchecked if the package should start and end with all other packages (default). Check the box to specify alternate start and end times.|
|Package Start Time||If overriding auction times, set to the time you'd like the package to be available for preview|
|Package End Time||If overriding auction times, set to the time that you'd like the package to become unavailable for preview|
The Items tab displays all items that are associated with a package and allows you to assign or unassign items as needed. For more info on item packaging, see Package Items.
When finished, click Save to return to the Package List, Save & New to enter a new package, Save & Next to see the next package already in the system, Clone to create an identical package, or Cancel to discard changes.
- View data best practices for general package recommendations.
- Consider devoting a Home screen button on mobile bidding devices to preview all live auction packages. View how to set up user interface.
- Use a BidPal scoreboard to showcase live auction packages on large screens or TVs.
- We recommend having 6-8 live auction items.
- Don't save the best item for last or guests will leave with unspent money. Instead, start with a smaller item, build excitement to the best item, and then wind back down.
- Hire an enthusiastic live auctioneer or local celebrity who will keep guests excited and engaged.
- If using, print Bidder Paddles from myBidPal Planner.
- Print copies of the Live Auction Spotter Form report from myBidPal Planner for your volunteers. Click here to view more volunteer tips.
- Assign live winners in myBidPal Planner.